Picasso Experts Services

Scientific and
Forensic Tests

Authentication of a work of art relies on valuable assessment tools. Picasso Experts does not only know of these tools, but implements them while completing studies, analysis, and research to certify a work.

For this purpose, two types of tests can be found: scientific and forensic.

Scientific tests allow an examination of all the contents of a painting, including its chemical composition, the age of the canvas or panel, the chemical structure of the paint used, and the ingredients used to bind the painting. Among these tests we will mention the following:

Carbon-14 dating

Dendrochronology
(analysis of tree rings)

DNA testing

UV photography

X-ray photography

Infrared photography

Pigment analysis

Forensic Investigation on the other hand, tracks a work utilizing various elements including the following: existing documentation; the dimensions of the painting; digital fingerprints in the paint; labels, markings, or writing on the back or the front; the study of the signature; where and when the canvas or support panel was made; and information about the paint, brushes, or varnishes used.

Combining the scientific and forensic tests previously described with Morellian Analysis, we can reach an exact evaluation of the authenticity of a painting. Forensic investigation can determine the age, origin, composition, and materials of a work of art, while Morellian analysis evaluates the stylistic details of a painting and which studio or painter it can be attributed to.

If you think you might have a work by Pablo Picasso in your inheritance, or if you are going to buy a work that they say is an original Picasso but does not have a Certificate of Authenticity, contact us. We will help dispel your doubts.